Astronomy, Survey Science Group – Research Associate (NN9293)


Position Overview


Organization: College of Arts and Sciences, Astronomy

Title : Research Associate

Search Number : NN9293


Position Details


Postdoctoral Position with the Survey Science Group, University of Washington

A full-time postdoctoral level position is available in the Survey Science Group at the University of Washington. The successful candidate will work with Professor Mario Juric on research topics relating to large surveys, and analyses of science cases and capabilities of the LSST data system.

Ongoing research activities in the group include understanding the structure, formation, and evolution of the Milky Way using large surveys (SDSS, WISE, PanSTARRS PS1, and others), Solar system science with large data sets, and development of techniques, algorithms, and software for analysis of large astronomical datasets (“big data” data science). More information can be found at http://research.majuric.org. Successful candidate would become involved with one or more aspects of this research, depending on background and interests.

The Survey Science Group also plays a major role in the construction the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (http://lsst.org). The LSST will explore a wide range of astrophysical questions, ranging from discovering “killer” asteroids, to examining the nature of dark energy. It will produce on average 15 terabytes of data per night, yielding an (uncompressed) data set of over 100 petabytes at the end of its 10-year mission. Prof. Juric leads the development of the LSST Data Management (DM) System as its Project Scientist. Successful candidate will work with the group led by Prof. Juric on technical and science analyses supporting the construction of the DM system.

A Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, or a related subject is required. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable up to three years, and offers competitive salary and benefits. The appointment is expected to start no later than September 2015.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, brief description of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted to Mario Juric at mjuric@astro.washington.edu with subject line “postdoctoral application (your name)”. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but only those received by January 1st, 2015 will be assured full consideration.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.